Curio Bay – Catlins Coast, NZ

March 6, 2014

Catlins - Curio Bay

Curio Bay is a lovely setting with a great beach, fairly narrow at high tide, that winds clear around the bay with soft but compact sand, great for running.

Catlins - Curio Bay Catlins - Curio Bay

A rock-faced cliff runs along one end near the camp ground and store, above which is a beautiful spot for watching waves crash on the rocks below.

Catlins - Curio Bay - Petrified Forest

Just up the coast, within walking distance, is a petrified forest touted as one of the few visible from the Jurassic period. It is also home to yellow eyed penguins, most likely seen at dusk or just before sunrise.

Catlins - Curio Bay - Petrified Forest Catlins - Curio Bay - Petrified ForestLoved watching the surf loaded with giant kelp surge up this rock channel.

Catlins - Curio BaySaw this guy standing on the bluff above the campground blocking the road out to the overlook spot. I didn’t pass him the first time but went back about 2 hours later. He was still standing in the same spot with his nose held up towards the sun as if he were daring me to pass. “10 meters, remember 10 meters”, he seemed to taunt. 10 meters is the distance they say you’re supposed to keep between you and them.

Catlins - Curio Bay

The beach house at Curio Bay has great views of the beach and the waves crashing on the breakers in the distance.

Catlins - Curio Bay

The studio, albeit a little worn, is all about the view. You can watch the waves from bed in the supper comfy bed dressed with a down comforter.

Catlins - Curio Bay

The bathroom and the kitchenette are clean and adequately equipped. An amazing place to hang out if you are lucky enough to have good weather. Even in bad weather I imagine that it is a great vantage point from which to watch the storm surge.

Catlins - Curio Bay

The only negative is that the place is not tended. The key is left for you a few houses up the road with direction to find your beach house. All well and fine, unless you have a problem, and then it may be slow to get an issue resolved. The smoke detector battery was beeping when we arrive and we ended up taking out the battery ourselves to stop the incessant noise as we couldn’t get a hold of someone with a new battery.

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8 Responses to Curio Bay – Catlins Coast, NZ

  1. Haha! The enguin has the attitude 🙂

  2. Love how the cottage is nestled in and weathered by the landscape. A simple elegance. Your photos really show off the area!

  3. michelle says:

    I would like to have a chance to visit Curio Bay. Nice pictures 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Thank you for sharing. These are awesome photos and I love the snow effect on your site. Did you use a plugin for that?

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